Happy Monday Y’all!
Hope you all had a great weekend. Today, I’m kicking off this week with an adventure I’d like to share with you all. Not too long ago, C.J. Darlington asked me if I’d be interested in reading her latest novel, Jupiter Winds. Now, I’ve been seeing her name around cyberspace since her first novel, Thicker Than Blood , won the Christian Writers Guild 2008 Operation First Novel contest or was it when it was released in 2009. I can’t remember! Since then she’s published Ties that Bind, and Bound by Guilt.
But Jupiter Winds is a different kind of novel. A Young Adult, dystopian, space adventure.
In 2160, a teenager becomes the bait to capture her missing revolutionary parents she thinks are long dead.
Grey Alexander has one goal—to keep herself and her younger sister Orinda alive. Not an easy feat living unconnected in the North American Wildlife Preserve, where they survive by smuggling contraband into the Mazdaar government’s city zones. If the invisible electric border fence doesn’t kill them, a human-like patrol drone could.
When her worst fear comes true, Grey questions everything she thought she knew about life, her missing parents, and God. Could another planet, whose sky swirls with orange vapors and where extinct-on-Earth creatures roam free, hold the key to reuniting her family?
C. J. is the award-winning author of Thicker than Blood, Bound by Guilt, andTies that Bind. In 2006 C. J. started the Christian entertainment Web siteTitleTrakk.com with her sister, Tracy, and has been actively promoting Christian fiction ever since. She is a regular contributor to Family Fiction Digital Magazine and NovelCrossing.com. A homeschool graduate, she makes her home in Pennsylvania with her family and their menagerie of dogs, a cat, and a paint horse named Sky.
Jupiter Winds is a Christian novel set in the near future where a government forces everyone to be connected by surgically inserting a chip in the forehead that allows for individuals to communicate with each other without verbally speaking, as well as being able to buy and sell, and be monitored. Technology that I have heard rumors and speculation about since I was a teenager, mainly associated with fear of the end times within Christian circles. So personally, it took me out of the story. Not that I had issues with how the author handled it in relation to the story. That said, I did enjoy the story.
The plot wove together different threads, switching between the main character, Grey Alexander, and her sister, Rin who are among the ones who chose not to have the chip implanted. At first I was a bit confused to the newer technology, especially about the drones, but as the story progressed I understood better. The story flowed well and kept me turning the pages. The concept of life on Jupiter is awesome. I can’t imagine being in a place with an orange sky. The author did a great job putting just enough description in to get a taste of the new world. I’d really like to see more of Jupiter and the characters interacting with it.
The ending was interesting, but good. And I’m wondering if there’ll be a book two.
If you like young adult, mild sci-fi with strong family values, check it out!
*I received a free copy to read and review.*